Valentine's Day events for the dateless

On Nightlife

February 09, 2006|By SAM SESSA

If Tuesday finds you snubbed or single, you're really not alone.

There are a few Valentine's Day alternatives to hiding at home and sulking all night. Spend that bouquet money on yourself instead. Here are three alternative V-Day options:

Is it possible to mope your way into love? Your best shot is by belting out Morrissey tunes downstairs at the Ottobar. Hosts Sean Davidson and Brian Gilbert will spin almost an entire catalog of Morrissey and the Smiths as random kids do their best Moz rendition. Add booze to the equation (drinks are two-for-one) and things get more sloppy than mopey.

"I think the more drunk people get, the more they sing out of key," Davidson said. "It becomes pretty hilarious because no one can really match [Morrissey's] voice because of its unique depth. It gets pretty out of control."

The best impression gets a yet-to-be-determined prize, Davidson said. They're thinking about awarding posters of the five previous Smiths/Morrissey karaoke nights. Woo hoo!

If you get a little too depressed, scuttle upstairs, where DJs Matt Walter and Craig Boarman helm Underground, a night of Britpop and New Wave.

The Smiths and Morrissey karaoke night gets under way at 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. Tickets are $3 downstairs. Upstairs is free and 21 and older. Call 410-662-0069 or visit theottobar.com.

Jaded and rejected lovers might find some solace at Rams Head Live's Anti-Valentine's Day Party. Held in the venue's tavern -- not the concert hall -- it's a cheap way to shrug off or relish the gloom.

There's no cover charge, and if you wear something black (the new pink), you get two-for-one beverages from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Other specials include $1.50 Fordham Light bottles, $2 Natty Boh cans and $5 Red Bull and vodkas (blecch). Relationships, partners and acts of love are strictly prohibited.

DJ Kyborg will spin house, '80s and indie while dark romantic movies like Natural Born Killers play on a screen, said promoter Alexis Malatino.

Rams Head Live's Anti-Valentine's Day Party begins at 10 p.m. and runs until 1 a.m. at 20 Market Place in Power Plant Live. Call 410-244-8854 or visit ramshead live.com.

While this next item may sound a shade romantic, it's actually just rockin'.

Dinner, a Movie and More, which used to be at the Mojo Room and Lounge, has a new home at the Sidebar Tavern. Since the Sidebar doesn't have a kitchen, chef Jeremy Price (who hosts Acoustic Soup at the Mojo) will pre-cook and serve the food.

Tuesday will be a night of Johnny Cash documentaries peppered with live performances and surprisingly gourmet eats.

The menu, according to promoter Matt Joseph, will include crab and roasted corn chowder, chicken satay with peanut butter sauce over mixed greens and a cilantro vinaigrette, a portobello wrap and penne alfredo with blackened chicken.

Documentaries on the docket include Cash's Live Montreux 1994, Town Hall Party 1958-1959, Live Austin Texas, Concert Behind Prison Walls and excerpts from his Anthology.

Bands Tear of the Brown Eye and Mike Love will perform 30-minute sets.

For the iron-livered, a Natty Boh and shot of Jim Beam is $3.50. Also, import bottles are $3 and Jagermeister shots are $3.

Dinner, a Movie and More starts at 6 p.m. at the Sidebar, 218 E. Lexington St. Admission is a measly $2. The next one is planned for March 14. Call 410-659-4130 or visit sidebartavern.com.

sam.sessa@baltsun.com

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